Cameron Conaway is an investigative journalist, a top 50 content marketing influencer, and a social justice poet.
As a journalist, Conaway has covered international issues such as sex trafficking in Cambodia, global health crises in India, and inspiring new education models in Ethiopia. His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, NPR, and The Guardian, among others.
He has also reported on local issues, such as when nurses in Pennsylvania went on strike in the freezing cold for better patient care, and when survivors of modern slavery convened at Capitol Hill during Human Trafficking Awareness Month to share their stories at a Congressional Hearing.
As a 2015 Fellow of the International Reporting Project, Conaway reported from Thailand on efforts to combat malaria—particularly the drug-resistant malaria that threatens to unravel much of the progress humanity has made to eradicate the disease.
Later that year, as a 2015 grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, he reported from India on how the Ganges River is dying from the reckless pursuit of growth, and on what efforts may rejuvenate the sacred river and, as a result, save the lives of the millions that rely upon it. One essay he wrote on this topic, The River of Death, was nominated by Newsweek for a National Magazine Award.
Also in 2015, Conaway received the prestigious Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship to uncover the roots of how Myanmar’s ethno-religious nationalism is fueling anti-Muslim violence, and to discover potential ways the people and country can avert a potential genocide and find some semblance of peace.
As a managing editor he has built teams, assessed their performance, and developed their capacity to scale while driving overall growth in regards to traffic, engagement, retention, and reputation. He believes in the process of keeping teams inspired while remaining steadfast to audience-centric content production strategies and consistent editorial calendars.
As a content marketer, he was named a Top 50 Content Marketing Influencer by TopRank. Conaway is certified through HubSpot, Hootsuite and Content Marketing University, and is a contributor to Chief Content Officer: Content Marketing Strategy for Executives. At Content Marketing World 2016 he presented “Journalism, Content Marketing & the Shared Wor(l)ds Between.”
To help others explore the intersection of journalism and content marketing, Conaway curates Content Land, a weekly resource for journalists and content marketers who want to work smarter by learning how both fields intersect.
To browse back issues and see if it’s for you, visit Content Land.
He currently serves as the Director of Content at Reflektion, the 2015 Shop.org Digital Commerce Startup of the Year that is driving dramatic growth and revenue increases for the world’s best brands, including Disney, TOMS, Marmot, Godiva, O’Neill, and Uniqlo, among many others.
As a poet, Conaway began writing while under the tutelage of Lee Peterson, Todd Davis, Steve Sherrill, Ian Marshall and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley as an undergraduate at Penn State Altoona. Upon graduation, he served as the 2007-2009 Poet-in-Residence at the University of Arizona’s MFA in Creative Writing program, where he studied with Alison Hawthorne Deming, Fenton Johnson, Jane Miller, Madeline Kiser, Steve Orlen, Ander Monson and Richard Siken.
He is the author of 4 collections of poetry—each of which examines a critical social justice issue. His first book of poetry, Until You Make the Shore (Salmon Poetry), grew from his experience working in an all-female juvenile detention center in Tucson, Arizona. The collection seeks to expose the harmful ways youth are treated (at personal and systemic levels) within the US juvenile and criminal justice systems.
His second book, Bonemeal (Finishing Line Press), is an experimental chapbook that explores singular elements of particular tragedies—from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, and the Rwandan genocide, among others—to illuminate the moments of immense human will and ingenuity that arose from them.
Conaway’s third collection, Malaria, Poems (Michigan State University Press), was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and featured in The Washington Post for its ability to fuse research, global health, and empathic, taut poetry into the first full-length book of poems thematically centered around malaria. Research for the book was funded by The Wellcome Trust, and conducted in large part at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, Thailand.
His most recent book of poems, Chittagong: Poems & Essays (Iris Press), uses a blend of investigative literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and poetry to highlight the devastating conditions of child slavery and environmental degradation in the shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh, as well as all of our implicit and explicit interconnections to them.
In addition, Conaway is the author of a memoir titled Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet and he was one of 20 creative nonfiction writers (alongside Cheryl Strayed and creative nonfiction pioneer Dinty W. Moore) to be featured in the book Creating Nonfiction.
In his introduction to Conaway’s work prior to a reading at the University of Tennessee, poet Andrew Dillon remarked:
Conaway bridges the work of a poet, a humanitarian, a scholar, a journalist. He marries science and advocacy. He does the difficult, dirty, and dangerous work of discovery to prepare for the work of recovery. In short, the work he does is necessary. He is a powerful voice among a new generation of globally-conscious writers.”
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